Amzel hits jumping bell, Dayton beats No. 4 KS 74-73
Lake Buena Vista, Florida. – The only basket of Mustafa Amzel’s game was unforgettable.
Amsiel hit a plane that ran into the fairway at the bell, and Dayton beat No. 4 KS 74-73 on Friday.
Kansas’ David McCormack blocked Malachi Smith’s kick with 3 seconds remaining. Amzel picked up the loose ball, and his shot went off the rim and backboard before entering.
“It was great,” Amzel said. “I had to watch the ball bounce and go down. It’s hard to describe. It’s surreal. It feels amazing.”
That was Amzel’s only shot off the field. He also went 2 for 4 in the free throw line.
“Obviously a fantastic presence of mind by Mustafa to tell the hour and give us a chance,” Dayton coach Anthony Grant said. “We are grateful that the bullet fell.”
“Good luck, bad luck,” Kansas coach Bill Self said after McCormack was fended off.
“The bottom line is we didn’t run out when we needed to,” Self said. “It was a great shot. They deserve it. It was a great baseball game.”
After Smith cut the difference to 73-72 on layup, McCormack was called up for an offensive foul 9 seconds before to play.
Uchai Agbaji scored four of 21 points during a late round 6-0, helping Kansas take a 73-70 advantage with just over a minute remaining.
Dayton (3-3) scored five double digits. Da Ron Holmes scored 16 points, and Toumani Camara and Elijah Weaver added 14 points.
“That was a fight,” Grant said. “This was a great game.”
Christian Brown scored 17 points for Kansas (4-1).
Weaver hit a pair of 3-pointers and Holmes finished his dash 16-1 with a back-to-back dunk to put Dayton 53-50 five minutes into the second half.
After KS pulled in one, Holmes was left alone for a dip that made it 70-67 with four minutes remaining.
Kansas went in a 17-8 race to go up 44-29 in the first inning. Brown finished the stretch with a knockout of a floating pass from Daguan Harris Jr.
ESPN College Basketball Analyst Dick Vital received a standing ovation as he walked across the field to the broadcast site before the game. Vital announced last month that he had been diagnosed with cancer for the second time this year, as he is undergoing tests that show he has lymphoma. Vital said in August that he had undergone several surgeries to remove skin cancer.
Dayton: There are 12 new students on the roster and they continue to improve as the season progresses.
“Every match is an increasing experience for our players.” Grant said. “I think today they showed them that when they shut themselves down, when they focus on the things that matter most, they are able to do what they did tonight.”
KS: It will be interesting to see if the Jayhawks come out of the top 10.
The teams came together for the 2019 Maui Invitational, where Kansas edged out 90-84 in overtime.
Dayton: He will play either Iona or Belmont on Sunday
KS: Plays Sunday against the loser from Iona Belmont.
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